500 years ago is the time when Christopher Columbus travelled to North America and met the Indians The first Native Americans travelled to North America from Siberia during the Ice Age. They travelled across the Bering Sea when there was dry land between Alaska and Russia. Archaeologists know that Native American people had hundreds of different tribes that could speak many different languages. They hunted and fished and had many different customs. Christopher Columbus visited America in The Europeans who arrived later killed many Native Americans and took their lands.